Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) spent the past week checking snowmobile activity. He also spent time working trout and border-water anglers this past week.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled snowmobile trails and area lakes. Warm weather took a toll on trail conditions, resulting in some bare spots, many moguls and difficult riding conditions in spots. Lake conditions are still decent and fishing success reports are varied.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) continued to focus on snowmobile enforcement. Traffic was high and trail conditions became very poor after several days above 50 degrees. He reported violations for excessive snowmobile speed, excessive snowmobile exhaust noise and a juvenile ATV passenger without a helmet.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) checked anglers and snowmobilers during a work detail along the Gunflint Trail. He also worked a joint operation with Ontario conservation officers and the U.S. Forest Service. He took enforcement action for angling and snowmobile violations.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy week of snowmobile and angling enforcement. He provided assistance with a snowmobile detail in the area of the Crane Lake snowmobile race. He took enforcement for numerous snowmobile speeding citations, failure to transfer ownership, unregistered snowmobile, careless operation of a snowmobile, loud exhaust, overlimit of crappies and wanton waste of a northern pike.
CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports taking the time to finalize a few fishing investigations from the week prior. He monitored lakes in the BWCAW and traffic has been slow. He contacted a few last-minute snowmobilers enjoying the North Shore State Trail, and they reported decent trail conditions. If you are kicking around the idea of one last snowmobile trip, remember that the warm weather in the forecast is limiting your time. Get out and enjoy the trails. Ski-pass compliance took a negative turn this past week as multiple skiers did not have their passes in possession and some didn’t have them at all.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked area snowmobile trails in the Duluth-Two Harbors areas. The warming weather has started to take a toll on the non-shaded stretches of trail. Olson received complaints of wolves pursuing deer along the North Shore and near Schultz Lake. He also checked shore and boat anglers along the Duluth-Two Harbors waters of Lake Superior. McQuade safe harbor was busy over the weekend with watercraft traffic and shore casters alike.